Poll: Bush governs as a moderate

MANASSAS, Va., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A poll by of 83 U.S. conservative leaders shows that 83 percent of them believe President George Bush is not governing as a conservative.

Fifty-four percent of those polled said the president is governing as a moderate, 18 percent said Bush was governing as a conservative, 15 said they were undecided or confused and 14 percent said the president was governing as a liberal.


The poll gave the president an overall grade of D-minus on controlling government spending.

The online poll also showed that almost three-quarters of the respondents felt "abandoned" by Bush and Republican leaders, and might not feel motivated to work, contribute or vote for Republicans in the 2006 elections.

"The (Harriet) Miers nomination (for the Supreme Court) may be the straw that breaks the camel's back as far as conservatives' support for this administration goes," said Richard Viguerie, founder of "It is insulting to conservatives for the president to stand before a lectern and say, 'Trust me,' when he has broken so many promises he has made to conservatives."

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